BADUSB devices

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Next week the black hat conference will be held in las Vegas, and researchers for Berlin will a new form of hacking. By making a USB drive a network adapter, the infected drive can connect, release, and execute code taking over your computer, as reported by Ars Technical.

The hack is making the USB device think it’s a network card and automatically connect online, provided connection is already supplied. It then impersonated trusted sites like Yahoo or Google, while in the background, connecting to malicious sites. The not only works with you flash drive, rather any USB connected device such as a keyboard, mouse, camera, and even your phone.
Some things that are know right now, the malicious attack can’t be detected by an antivirus program. Here’s the scary part. The infected device will cause your computer to access and install software working around your Windows permissions. Even if you are not signed in as administrator, the hack still works.

It is difficult to prevent an attack of this nature, but there are a few things you van so that may help. Make sure your USB device have an updated firmware installed from the manufacturer, stay away from third party downloads. Be aware of where you use your device and whom you let use your PC. If you tend to download everything, make sure you know the exact source. And lastly, it’s an exploit of USB devices, if you don’t trust it, get a new one.

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  1. Jussie August 1, 2014 at 4:41 pm

    Was this post written by a kid? I gave up reading it in the end, I thought Eli was vetting these posts?

    • Ei the Computer Guy August 2, 2014 at 9:00 am

      GeekBrainDump is a platform for geeks to express themselves and to learn through experience. I only “vet” posts on an extremely limited basis and that is usually when authors Copy/Paste entire posts.

      If we do not give “kids” a place where they can gain experience how will they ever become adults with experience?

  2. jordan August 2, 2014 at 1:07 pm

    i red it ova n or rite theres plenty of grammer eras i ova looked. thanks.

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